(originally published June 1843 in Dollar Newspaper)
A friend of the narrator's, William Legard, gets bitten by a mysterious gold-colored bug. He becomes obsessed with it, as well as with a curious piece of parchment found in the sand near it at the time (which his servant Jupiter used to carry it home in). Investigation into the parchment eventually leads Legard to embark on a quest in search of buried treasure, and he drags Jupiter and the narrator along with him. Legard's bizarre actions, coupled with his feverish state, cause the narrator to believe he has gone mad. Has he?
Summary written by Taylor Colegrove, May 2011. Title links to the full text of the story.